I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and we got to discussing personality traits.
It reminded me of a personality test that I took at some point last year, recommended another friend of mine.
I’ve never really put much stock in personality tests thinking that they are tantamount to mumbo-jumbo but she got me to try the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test
And bugger me if it wasn’t spot on to who I am as a person.
My result was that I am a Mediator (INFP)
This is what it says about this type
MEDIATOR PERSONALITY (INFP, -A/-T)
Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration.
I’ve been told this is me. And I agree.
Now this is 100% true I wish I had realised it earlier
Below I have put some of the other information that I says about me and it’s scarily accurate.
If you want to try the test out yourself here’s the link I would love to see what you guys are and put it in the comments.
Strengths and Weaknesses
INFPs are imaginative, warm, idealistic, and compassionate. They are usually open-minded and accepting, unless someone is violating one of their values. Ultimately, INFPs want to change the world in whatever way they can. They want to make the world a better place for others.
INFP’s intuitive (N) quality gives them the ability to make inferences based on their “gut feeling”. They see problems as a big puzzle, and are excellent at overcoming challenges. They often read between the lines and seek out the deeper meaning of things.
INFPs primarily focus externally, and base judgments off of their intuitive feelings. When they do focus internally, they base their decisions off of their feelings and values.
People who are INFPs are often described as free spirits. They may get wrapped up in their focus on the big picture, and forget about the details along the way. INFPs may have difficulty following through on projects. They do not like to focus on hard facts and logic, and may have trouble completing tasks that are very detail-oriented.
Because they rely so much on their intuition, INFPs must be careful not to read into everything too much. This may cause INFPs to misinterpret a friend’s emotions and over-dramatize things. Others may come to view INFPs as overly-sensitive or dramatic. To avoid this, INFPs must remind themselves that sometimes the most straight-forward answer is the best, intuition is not always needed.
INFPs’ ultimate goal is to help others, however, INFPs must be careful not to neglect their own needs in doing so. It is critical that INFPs do not sacrifice their own wellbeing and aspirations to help others. They can also be very hard on themselves if they believe they are not living up to their full potential. Once they accomplish something, INFPs are very humble and will rarely take credit for their accomplishments.
INFPs always aim to please others and will do anything to avoid conflict. Because they are such people-pleasers, INFPs often seek out the opinions of others, but may have a hard time accepting criticism. They may become reliant on others’ approval to validate their self-worth.
INFPs understand that a great deal of responsibility comes with parenting. They are warm, loving, and supportive. Their idealistic nature means INFPs take the task of instilling strong values and goals in their children very seriously, and constantly aim to be good role models for their children. They always do their best to create a positive environment for their children, and are very warm and supportive parents. INFPs’ tendency to be a closed book can be beneficial when parenting. This allows them to selectively show children what emotions and behaviours they choose to. This makes INFPs great role models.
As they present themselves as role models, INFPs will also do anything to help their children grow and succeed. INFPs are willing to let their children make their own mistakes—they understand that this is part of the learning process. However, INFPs may have trouble dealing with children who are very difficult, and do not share the same values as themselves. They would rather focus on the “big picture” behind the rules, rather than being the enforcer of the rules.
INFPs are warm, kind partners who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that their relationship succeeds. They focus on their partner’s needs and feelings, and are very positive. They often seek out new and interesting date ideas. They don’t like to fall into a rut, and will always keep things lively.
In addition, INFPs are always looking out for their partner. They are very compassionate and giving, and frequently ask about how their partner is feeling. They seek out affirmation from their partner, and give their partner affirmation in return. But because INFPs avoid conflict and thrive on their partner’s affirmation, INFPs may have a particularly tough time dealing with criticism and admitting when they were wrong.
INFPs are positive, supportive friends. They are always willing to try something new and exciting, and are very open-minded. They are well-liked by others, and are always concerned with others’ wellbeing. When an INFP asks how someone is doing, they truly want to know the answer. Because of this, they have no trouble making and keeping friends.
INFPs have the unique ability to befriend people who are either alike or different from themselves. INFPs are drawn to extroverted personality types—they enjoy learning as much as they can about someone who is an open book. However, INFPs can also be great friends to introverted personality types. While it may be difficult to become friends initially if both individuals are more reserved, INFPs will eventually form a strong friendship with someone whom they consider their confidant.